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Old 10-16-2008, 8:26 PM   #1
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Help ID this creature?

I came home from out of town and see a ton of tiny purple/brown worm-like creatures attached to live rock and snails with a thin mucous-like extension coming out of them. These are very tiny and the extension coming out are about 2 inches max. Any ideas?

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Old 10-16-2008, 8:32 PM   #2
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It's a worm of some sort. Beer seems to have fogged my memory and I can't remember it's exact name.

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Old 10-16-2008, 9:11 PM   #3
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I can't remember the name either, but they're a pain in the you-know-what. The mucus-like string they cast is annoying and ugly. When I see those in my tank I break them off with my finger. I finally got rid of them all. At one point I had hundreds all over the rock.

FWIW, they are not harmful at all. Just an eyesore to me. They won't hurt your tank, so you don't need to eradicate them unless you get tired of all their stringy mucus. They cast that to catch food particles in the water. You'll notice they do it a lot when you feed.

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Old 10-17-2008, 12:02 AM   #4
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Vermatid snail. Spelling may be off, but that is it. Lives in it's tube rather than a normal shell and sends out a web to catch debris. Not harmful, but may bug corals if there is not enough flow to keep the web off. They seem to die off the longer your water stays really clean.

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Old 10-17-2008, 7:05 AM   #5
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They seem to die off the longer your water stays really clean.
I think you're right! I've noticed mine all are gone now that I'm doing a better job of changing the water. I never made that connection, but now that you mention it, I believe that's probably why mine went away!

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Old 10-17-2008, 7:27 AM   #6
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They can be a pain stringing their mucus around the tank. I typically snap them off when they get too big.

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Old 10-19-2008, 12:48 PM   #7
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theplatypus, I tried sending you a pm, but it appears you pm box is full!

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The worst thing about vermetid snails is that they're pretty sharp. I've cut my hands on them more than a few times.

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Old 10-19-2008, 10:07 PM   #9
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thanks everyone!

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Old 10-20-2008, 1:17 AM   #10
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The worst thing about vermetid snails is that they're pretty sharp. I've cut my hands on them more than a few times.
Me too. My pinky was bigger than my thumb. Bad, funky infection. When in doubt, poor some tussin on it!

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